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Questions tagged [word-ladder]

A word ladder puzzle begins with two words, and to solve the puzzle one must find a chain of other words to link the two, in which two successive words always differ by a single letter.

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Bike Lock Word Ladders

We are going to construct word ladders, but unlike the classic word ladders in which only one letter can change per step, you may change as many letters as you like at each step. However, each letter ...
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Moans to Rocky in 4 moves?

In his novel A Case of Need, one of Michael Crichton's characters claims that the classic word‑ladder‡ "MOANS to ROCKY" can be made in 4 moves (5 lines total). But the book does not ...
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Word Ladders go to the movies

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #36: Twisted Classics 1 You love movies. You had several (9) VHS tapes, neatly organized in their sleeves, up on a shelf. However, due to a certain incident, ...
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WmK: Oh, Life Relax Please!

"Oh, Life Relax Please!" is the title of a book about yoga that my Grandfather gifted me. This Wordmorph K is inspired by his love of wisdom and knowledge. If you are not familiar with this kind of ...
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Wordmorph K: An Introduction

Let me introduce you to a game I invented called Wordmorph K (WmK). You may have played a variation of this game in the past. WmK Rules: 1) The objective is to transform the "Start Word" to the "...
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Want to go from MANILA to UGANDA

How do you get from the word MANILA to UGANDA in the shortest time? You can change up to 3 letters at a time to form a new 6 letter word which MUST be either a Country name or a Capital of a country. ...
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Fruit Transformation

This word ladder is a little more difficult, especially being 5 letter words. Can you transform an APPLE into a MANGO? No proper names. Goal is to be smallest amount of steps.
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From bottom to top

A twist on the word-ladder type of puzzle: Reach from "bottom" to "top", following these rules at each step: You can change a letter, remove a letter or add a letter at each move. The changed ...
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Transforming Colors

Inspired by the increase of word ladders lately I found a fun one. Transform the color BLUE into PINK. No proper names.
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Lead into IRON! really?

Now that the word LEAD was turned into GOLD in only three steps (kudos n_palum) can you turn the word LEAD into IRON changing one letter at a time creating new legit 4 letter words (from Dictionary) ...
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Turn Lead into GOLD

Can you turn the word LEAD into GOLD in five steps or less? You can change or replace one letter at a time only. The newly formed word must be a legit word in a recognized dictionary. Of course you ...
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Solve the ladder, but you have to get there first

First things first, your ever so helpful nonogram. It's got what you need. That should help you sort through this to get your words for the ladder. ...
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From Puzzle to Riddle to Solution

Your goal is to create a word ladder that goes from the word "puzzle" to the word "riddle" and then to the word "solution". In that order! That is, if it's possible, if not you better show me why not!...
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Word ladder island (formerly dead-end)

Following on from CodeNewbie's question "From Puzzling to Stack Exchange", I thought I would set a problem of my own using the same rules: Rules: In any move, you can either replace a letter, add a ...
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From Puzzling to StackExchange

This is a variation of a game I used to play with my friends in my childhood. You are given a starting word, and using the following operations, you have to reach the target word. The solution that ...
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Word Ladder puzzle

The Numberplay blog on the NY Times website used to have word ladder puzzles along with their weekly math puzzles. I found them fun and so I figured I'd introduce them here. These aren't just your ...